Tuesday, June 03, 2008

until further notice

Monday, December 24, 2007

Deck the halls


Friday, November 30, 2007

Live & Loud

Think James Morrison perched on a stool, with his trademark guitar resting on one knee, pouring his soul into a song; for you. Look around you and you see everyone in rapture listening to him, some waving light sticks in the air, some waving lighters. The song comes to an end and the roar of applause and whoops are overwhelming, demanding an encore. This is what you’re in for, but it isn’t only James Morrison, other stars of unplugged fame will be part of this unforgettable show.

-excerpt from liveshowinmalaysia.blogspot.com

I never did expect to go but when Kak Yasmin told me her mum, Aunty Mawarni, couldn't go and was offering her ticket, I thought,

"Okay, why not. I mean, it is James Morrison and from what Kak Meera and I saw on
Live from Abbey Road, he seems like a good live performer".


was an INSANE UNDERSTATEMENT. This guy was.. I don't even know if BRILIANNT does him justice. He was way way way way above even that. God, James Morrison was SPECTECULAR.

I don't think any of us who went for the Live & Loud Acoustic thought it'd be as amazing as it had turned out. Honestly, so many things had gone terribly wrong that day. From arriving late because of the horrible traffic jam, to sitting right at the back of the concert hall, really, it was one stroke of bad luck after the other.

Once James Morrison came on though, after two songs I think, we decided to stand up front. Kak Meera and Kak Yasmin went first, initially only cause Kak Meera wanted to get a good shot of him, but then when Kak Yasmin came back for me, I knew they'd found a good spot for us to watch the performance. Oh man, and would you believe it, it was an area directly facing the front of the stage.

I can't even begin to describe to you how mind blowing the whole thing was. James Morrison is not only an incredibly amazing performer, he's also a great entertainer. The way he interacted with the crowd, slipped in jokes and little stories in between his songs. One memorable moment was when this one guy shouted out "James, I love you in a sexual kind of way!!" and James laughed and said "Oh, I love you too, in a non sexual kind of way that a man could love another man". Oh, and another was when the crowd called out for him to sing "This Boy", he teasingly said "Which boy?", "What boy?" and then this little kid shouted "This Boy!", which made him laugh cause well, for one, I don't think he expected a child to be there. And so he sang "This Boy", dedicating it to the little guy.

There were so many more moments like that. I could go on forever, but I think you get the picture. The best part? After he left the stage, a lot of people started chanting, "We want more, we want more!" and just when the chanting started to die out, cause you know, I don't think anyone thought it was going to happen, he came on. You can imagine, everyone went crazy, left their seats, and we were right in front of the stage. Well, to be exact, Kak Meera and Kak Yasmin were right in front, I was more in the second row but still, so close, soooooooooo close.

I still can't get over last night. It was the most satisfying performance I have ever witnessed. Somehow, I know these are two totally different things, but it kinda makes up for missing the Muse concert. I just feel so extremely grateful to Aunty Mawarni and Kak Yasmin. Not forgetting of course, her two aunts, Kak Mimi and Kak JuJu, who drove and accompanied us.

I wasn't to say a huge James Morrison fan before but heck now, I'll follow him to the ends of the earth. Figuratively speaking. But on a more serious note, I feel like I can really appreciate his songs now, mostly because of knowing the stories behind them. It makes you see how good this guy really is.

I'll leave you then with this short clip of "Last Goodbye", James Morisson's final song of the night..

It was such a blessing that Kak Meera managed to get in front to record this =)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

It’s almost impossible to write about everything that’s been going on since my last entry and I'm pretty sure you don't want to know everything. So what say we just skim the surface here?

From where we left off then, college.

Well.., college has been good to me so far. Though already it has thrown in my face a number of rather crappy things, I've been receiving the good bits too. Fair enough, I suppose.

Towards the end of this semester, I think I’ve made some progress with adapting, fitting in, generally just getting used to the place. Intec’s a pretty interesting place to be really.

That said however, I'm not exactly rushing to go back, if you know what I mean. Sem break's finally here, and well, it's time to kick back and relax for a change.

Seriously, you wouldn't believe how much studying can be done when you're living in a hostel. Too much, honestly. It actually hits a rather depressing stage sometimes. Don't get me wrong though. It's not like that's all we do. We have our share of fun. Guess just not as much as we used to back in school. I dunno, somehow, there's so much pressure riding on, well, everything really.

It's the scholarship thing, I suppose. We're so afraid that if we make a slight slip, the scholarship's going to be yanked from right underneath us. Which is, of course, a tad bit of an exaggeration. You would have to be screwing up real bad for your sponsor to want to kick you off the program.

Still... I personally am finding it hard not to worry. Here's where my dad would say "What don't you worry about?"

Okay okay, 'nuff bout that. Anymore and I might end up leaving this and curling up in bed.

Next one then.

I was a little concern about how our Raya celebrations would be this time around. The past couple years, it hasn't been feeling too great. After we lost my mum's dad, the family kinda lost a reason to go back to Penang too.

It was like breaking a tradition we had going on since.. well, for as long as I can remember.

This year, things changed once again. The morning of our 50th Independence Day, my grandfather passed away. With that, we broke another tradition.
No more would we gather at my uncle’s place, where my grandparents used to live, instead my dad and his siblings would now take turns hosting first Raya.

For the record, all went well. My dad took the first shift. It was a change everyone welcomed and it was nice to be able to share our first Raya with both friends and family.

I guess you could say, Raya turned out so much better than any of us had expected.

We went back to Penang too this year. It felt really really good. We stayed at this gorgeous hotel with my aunt and uncle (and their two adorable kids), visited relatives we hadn't seen in years and all in all, just had a really great time.

When you think about it, so many things have changed in such a small span of time.

It's hard to believe a whole semester has gone by and god, 2007 is almost over. I wish I could say I have no regrets but then there's just so many things I wish I could have done, so much I should have said. But, it’s as they say, you live and learn.

Live and learn

Monday, June 25, 2007

My third attempt at an entry for my decaying blog.

A rather pitiful attempt if I may add.

Oh how it reeks.

Hopefully this one will stay up long enough to be posted.

I'm finally three quarter way through "The Picture of Dorian Gray". It's amazing how long it took to progress that far. Though the first few chapters are somewhat dull, come to the middle, it's quite enthralling really. So yes, only five chapters to go. I'm eager to see what fate (or shall I say Wilde?) has in store for our beloved Dorian.

I didn't think I'd still enjoy a long day at a water park. Well, clearly I was mistaken. My family and a few relatives of ours had our very own 'family day' at Desa Water Park last Sat. The slides and such aren't much to brag about but the little of what the park had to offer was quite sufficient to keep us all happy. Sunburned skin and aching muscles were truly a small price to pay.

It was somewhere last week that they had Juan Mann on Oprah and yet, I still can't quite get this video out of my head. I saw it for the first time at Grace's if I remember correctly. Sometime way way back though.

Love the idea more than ever.

"Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. "


Juan Mann, the man who started it all

"...Change the world... one hug at a time!"

I'll be off to college in exactly six days from now. Seems like whatever excitement that was there before has been blown away and taken over completely by fear and anxiety. Alright, so maybe not completely, but either way, it's proving hard to find the remaining bits..

Looks like this one's a keeper after all.

Third time's a charm, is it not?

Thursday, May 31, 2007

It's from a link I found over at CTNurul's.

Brilliantly hilarious. MUST READ

Looks like I've had no luck with my cds, yet again. I suppose it shouldn't come as much of a surprise but still..., I felt pretty darn hopeful this time around..

Grace will be back soon. Definitely looking forward to seeing her.

We owe you a Movie Day, Grace! Hurry home!! =D

"To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life'"

-Gelett Burgess

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Is it you?

I'm not half as angry as I am upset. I find it hard to believe that a friend could have borrowed something of mine and then has no courtesy to return it. At the very least, I expect some sort of notice.

This is my last (or so I hope) request, no, PLEA to whoever it is that STILL (oh yea, this issue hasn't been resolved yet..) has my Bleach cds.

If there is even the most remote chance of it being with you, YES YOU, do me a huge huge favour and check your cd rack, room,..your whole house if necessary.


If there is anyone you so much as wonder about whether or not they have it, ask for me please.

Whoever you are, I promise I won't get mad.

Okay.. I might.

No, I WILL, but can you blame me?

There should be about 10-12 cds so you can imagine how much of a hassle, not to mention what a waste it'll be for me to replace all that.

I just want what's mine back..